Washington D.C., May 3, 2021 / 15:00 pm America/Denver (CNA).
A multitude of pro-life bills passed through state legislatures last week, creating new protections for the unborn around the country.
Idaho Gov. Brad Little (R) signed the state’s “heartbeat” bill into law on April 27, banning most abortions after a child’s heartbeat can be detected - usually around six weeks into pregnancy. The bill makes exceptions for cases of rape and incest.
“Idaho is a state that values the most innocent of all lives – the lives of babies,” Little said. “We should never relent in our efforts to protect the lives of the preborn.”
Unlike other “heartbeat” bills, Idaho’s legislation has a “trigger” provision; it will not go into effect until similar legislation in another state has been upheld by a federal appeals court. Presently, all attempts at passing “heartbeat” abortion bans have been blocked by federal courts; South Carolina’s “heartbeat” bill was temporarily blocked from going into effect by a federal judge in March.
On April 26, Gov. Greg Gianforte of Montana (R) signed three pro-life bills, including a “Pain-Capable” ban on abortions when an unborn child is determined to be capable of feeling pain - usually around 20 weeks into pregnancy. He also signed bills requiring that a mother see an ultrasound of her child before having an abortion, and restricting abortion-inducing drugs.